Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Trump lawyer denies president is a probe target


Trump's intemperate tweets have by now become commonplace, but few have been as revealing as last week's volley of statements expressing outrage in the government's probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Last week, Trump sent a tweet referring to being the victim of a "witch hunt".

On Sunday, however, Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's lawyers, insisted that the president's statement did not amount to an acknowledgment that he was under investigation.

Sekulow told "Fox News Sunday" and three other shows that Trump's tweet was based exclusively on a Washington Post report, and he insisted Trump wasn't under investigation.

Sekulow said his legal team had not received notice of any such probe into Trump. But the president's attorney repeatedly and definitively declared that Trump is not, in fact, under investigation.

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Claims also arose that Trump asked the director of the National Security Agency to declare that he was not under investigation and asked the Director of National Intelligence to tell Comey to back off the Flynn investigation.

Cohen said the first official communication that a target is under investigation typically comes when prosecutors begin requesting documents and other evidence. Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee last Tuesday, Sessions said that while "it appears" that Russian officials sought to influence the US electoral process, his knowledge of the matter was confined to "what I read in the paper".

"There's a limitation on Twitter, as we all know", he said.

"That signifies this president knew all too well that it was inappropriate", Schiff said. I want to be clear here.

Rosenstein could eventually be questioned by Mueller about his memo on Comey and what motivated Trump to ask him to write it. Schiff spoke on ABC's "This Week" and King spoke on NBC.

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US President Donald Trump is reportedly so incensed at claims he is being investigated for obstructing justice in the Russian Federation election probe that he has started screaming at television sets in the White House.

"Let me be clear here", said Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team, on NBC's "Meet The Press". So you're telling us that Bob Mueller absolutely, positively is not investigating the president despite media reports to the contrary?

Trump put fresh pressure on the second-highest-ranking official at the Justice Department on Friday as he tweeted, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" The source said investigators have sought information from Richard Ledgett, who recently retired as deputy NSA director and, the source said, had written a memo documenting an attempt from Trump urging Rogers to tamp down on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. "The best thing that could happen for the president, and the country, is a full and credible investigation".

After those reports, Trump himself had once again resorted to Twitter, where he posted an enigmatic message on Thursday in which he seemed to acknowledge that he was under investigation.

"Witch hunt' is how Trump characterizes the probe into Russia's election interference and possible ties to his campaign associates".

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Wallace eventually concluded, again, that Sekulow didn't actually know whether the president was under investigation or not, and he didn't disagree.

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